English

Karen Spencer, writer of English curriculum resources for the NZ Transport Agency.

New or revised. Published September 2017.

All English resources written by Karen Spencer, an educator with over 20 years’ experience, now Deputy Principal at Wellington High School.

Young people experience the importance of safe road use in their daily lives. Language has the power to shape and enrich their understandings.

Lessons using these resources involve analysing or creating texts – while enabling young people to think and act like citizens about a context that matters.

Interview with Karen about the four resources

October 2017 onward. Found these resources useful in your school?
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In this unit, students will use photovoice and design thinking as they prepare to create a persuasive text that will aim to make local transport more accessible for all.

Key understanding: If transport is to be effective, everyone needs to be able to access and use it. Transport receives more investment than almost any other service in our society, and we all use it. We can all play a part in pushing for better solutions to the way transport (e.g. roads, rail, buses, streets) serves our needs.

In this unit, students will undertake critical reading of advertisements in the context of their own actions around road safety.

Key understanding: Advertisements often try to change how we behave. New Zealand road safety advertisements encourage us to think of the roads as a ‘commons’, a place we all need and share.

Supports internal assessment for:

English Achievement Standard 1.4 Produce creative writing (AS 90052)

This activity requires students to draft, rework and present at least one piece of creative writing, based on how young people have agency to take positive action when travelling on our roads.

Supports internal assessment for: English Achievement Standard 2.10

Analyse aspects of visual and/or oral texts through close viewing and/or listening, supported by evidence (AS 91107)

This activity requires students to analyse aspects of an oral or visual text that has been designed to educate young people about keeping themselves, and their peers and family, safe in cars.